This week I'm going to use some of the treasured tidbits, out of one of the boxes that are about to crowd me out of my bedroom. Written words never die or lose their power. They are precious to me, which is why I obsessively save them. Hope you get some good out of them (maybe even a smile or a tear).

Remembering the Great Chicago Fire: One dark night when we were all in bed, old Ma O'Leary left the lantern in the shed, and when the cow kicked it over, she winked her eye and said "There'll be a hot time in the old town tonight." In 1871 over 1700 buildings were burned over 3 days, leaving 100,000 people homeless and killing at least 300 people.

The sinking of the Titanic: It was sad, it was sad. It was sad when that great ship went down, to the bottom of the sea-e-e-e, It was sad when that great ship went down. Oh it was sad, it was sad. It was sad when that great ship went down, mothers and fathers, little children lost their lives. It was sad when that great ship went down. The ship went down April 15, 1912, killing over 1,500 people of the 2,224 passengers and crew that were aboard.

An ironing board up against a bed or couch, can add comfort to a bed that's not wide enough: adjust the board low enough to place pillows and don't put all your weight on it (just an arm and a leg).

How to make the best milk toast: Scatter pats of butter on white bread (do not spread the butter). Place buttered bread in a pie pan and bake in oven until toast is good and brown. Sprinkle a little salt on toast and cover with milk or half and half. Return to oven and cook until hot and bubbly, add more milk if toast takes it all up. You're going to eat it in a bowl with a spoon and you want plenty of milk.

"Many a truth is spoken in jest": Spoken often by my Dad, Sam Ream. I will add to Dad's saying, by saying that "I was just kidding" sure doesn't help when you have embarrassed someone or hurt their feelings. Best to just shut up if you can't say something nice.

I will close with something nice: God says that kind words are like apples of Gold. And you can pass them out every time you speak. Don't we all appreciate the apples we get, and the dear ones who pass them out so freely?

I'm putting the box away for now. Please remember the Madison County Singing Convention October 28, 6 p.m., Mine La Motte Baptist Church. Turn off Highway 00 onto county road 217, from 217 onto county road 215, 215 to church.

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